NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Thu Jan 17
Lingfield, Newcastle
Thu Jan 17
Ludlow, Market Rasen, Wincanton
Fri Jan 18
Lingfield, Newcastle

Cheltenham Festival 2019

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with a jumps card from Ludlow supported by a couple of all-weather flat fixtures from Southwell and Chelmsford.  David has a runner at Ludlow; Great Tempo who contests the amateur riders and conditional jockeys' hands and heels handicap chase over three miles.  Our six year old has to shoulder top weight but he has been fairly consistent this season and Fergus Gillard claims a handy 5lbs off his back.  He is capable of going well although is perhaps not one to have your last fiver on.  Meanwhile, David Noonan has picked up a couple of outside rides at the meeting.

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What a great way to kick off the New Year at Exeter yesterday with the Pond House team securing a double courtesy of Extra Mag and New Age Dawning.  Extra Mag stayed on nicely to win the novices' hurdle and I am sure he would have won more comfortably without a mistake at the final flight.  Indeed, he is very unlucky not to be unbeaten in two starts having unseated Tom Scudamore at the last flight when in command of a hot contest at Wetherby on his debut.  He is clearly a very smart prospect, will get further and can only improve with experience.  Glen Vine, a son of Gaspara finished a creditable fourth in the maiden hurdle on his debut over timber, whilst New Age Dawning ran out a gutsy winner of the bumper, making all without Tom Scu ever having to get too serious aboard our five year old.  He looks like a lovely chasing type for the future.  An excellent start to 2019...let's hope that it continues!

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Well, Happy New Year everybody!  It is a busy start to 2019 with six meetings taking place, five over the sticks from Cheltenham, Musselburgh, Exeter, Catterick and Fakenham, whilst there is an all-weather flat fixture from Southwell.  David has three runners this afternoon at Exeter; Extra Mag, Glen Vine and New Age Dawning.  Extra Mag (pictured above) contests the 2m1f novices' hurdle at 12.40pm.  A winner of his only start on the flat in France, he looked all over the winner on his debut for the stable in a hot race at Wetherby when unseating Tom Scudamore at the last.  He looks a good thing with a clear round and if reproducing that sort of effort.  Glen Vine runs in the 2m2½f National Hunt maiden hurdle.  It is a competitive contest with 18 runners but Glen Vine (a son of Gaspara) showed a good deal of promise when runner-up in a bumper on his only start and he should be thereabouts under Tom Scu.  Our final runner is New Age Dawning who goes in the bumper at 4.05pm.  He was runner-up in an Irish point on his only previous start and this track should suit so he must have a good chance at odds of around 11/4.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps fixtures from Uttoxeter and Warwick as well as an all-weather flat fixture from Lingfield.  It looks like being a busy day for the stable with five runners at Uttoxeter.  Delface (pictured above) contests the two mile handicap hurdle at 12.35pm and has to carry top weight of 11-12.  He was a solid third at the track last time, he is 2lbs lower today and should be thereabouts once again.  Dusky Hercules runs in the staying novices' hurdle at 1.05pm - he has shown promise in bumpers and one hurdle start to date.  He would need to improve on those efforts to figure, but the longer trip certainly looks likely to suit.  It's Obvious would have claims on his best form in the three mile handicap chase at 1.40pm although he would have to improve on most recent efforts.  Eur Gone West has produced two good efforts at this track this term and looks like he would have each-way claims stepped up in trip on his handicap debut.  Just Midas is our final runner in the 3.15pm race and he is yet to build on the promise of his bumper efforts although this longer trip could help.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Haydock and Taunton as well as an all-weather flat card from Lingfield.  David has three runners at Haydock; Three Star General, Druide Premier and Dell' Arca.  Three Star General contests the 2m3f conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle at 12.20pm and is the mount of Bryony Frost.  He has reached the frame on his last couple of starts and looks to have place claims once again, especially with his in-form jockey on board.  Druide Premier runs in the NH novices' hurdle at 1.25pm and this looks to be a highly competitive race with some very promising opponents in the line-up.  Druide has reached the frame on three occasions thus far, but probably needs to improve further if he is to win today.  Dell' Arca (pictured above) carries top weight in the 3m3½f handicap chase at 2.00pm - he stays well, and will love the ground.  He has to give plenty of weight away but you can never discount him.

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There are four meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Newbury, Doncaster and Kelso as well as an all-weather flat card from Southwell.  The stable has three runners today; Legal History, Aurillac and Teaser.  Legal History contests the 2m½f juvenile hurdle at Newbury at 12.05pm.  He makes his debut for the stable and over hurdles today having been purchased at the Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale at Newmarket.  He was a useful performer on the flat even though he did not manage to get his head in front and he looks to have fair claims under Tom Scudamore.  Aurillac runs in the 3m2f handicap chase at 2.25pm.  Our eight year old had some very useful form but has not run since March 2017 - he goes nicely at home but is fully entitled to come on for the run.

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There are three meetings taking place this afternoon with jumps cards from Leicester and Catterick as well as an all-weather flat card from Lingfield.  There is one runner from Pond House today as Percy Street contests the 1m7½f handicap hurdle at Leicester at 3.05pm.  He was a smart performer on the flat (rated 95) and he has run creditably over hurdles since joining the team, finishing in the frame on both outings.  The drop back in trip should not inconvenience him at all and at odds of around 8/1 he holds each way claims under Tom Scudamore.

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